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Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (BC COP11), Sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP6), Sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP6) and Second simultaneous extraordinary meetings of the three Conferences of the Parties to the three conventions (ExCOPs2)

28 April - 10 May 2013 | Geneva, Switzerland

Coverage on Friday, 10 May 2013
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2013 COPs Sustainable SynergiesThe Ordinary and Extraordinary Meetings of the COPs to the Basel Convention (BC), Rotterdam Convention (RC) and Stockholm Convention (SC) convened for a twelfth and final day on Friday, 10 May 2013.

During the morning, delegates convened in plenary to hear reports from the ministers on the outcomes of Thursday’s ministerial roundtables.  

During the afternoon, participants convened in plenary to formally adopt outstanding decisions. Plenary was suspended at 7:00 pm to allow delegates to continue last minute negotiations on the preamble of the omnibus decision on synergies.

Contact groups also met throughout the day on Budget and Synergies and Technical Assistance and Financial Resources in an effort to complete their work.

7:10 pm - delegates will return to plenary at 8:30 pm to discuss outstanding matters: budget; compliance; the omnibus decision on synergies; and the date and venue of the next COPs.

9:37 pm - plenary reconvenes focusing on date and venue of next meeting.

10:57 pm - SC COP6 President Alvarez proposes a take-it-or-leave-it compromise package to establish compliance mechanisms for the Stockholm and Rotterdam conventions, and delegates take a 30-minute break to read the text and consult.

11:34 pm - compliance "take-it-or-leave-it" text rejected.

11:50pm - SC COP6 closed.

11:51pm - RC COP6 closed.

11:58pm - BC COP11 and ExCOPs closed.

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BC COP11 President Franz Perrez (Switzerland), RC COP6 President Magdalena Balicka (Poland) and SC COP6 President Osvaldo Patricio Álvarez (Chile).
Morning Session
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Panel (L-R): Kerstin Stendahl, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions; Jim Willis, Executive Secretary of the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions; Achim Steiner, Executive Secretary, UNEP; and Clayton Campanhola, Co-Executive Secretary, Rotterdam Convention.
Yousef Abusafyeh, Minister of Environment, State of Palestine
Mirvo Sarovic, Minister for Foreign Trade, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mariyam Shakeela, Minister of Environment and Energy, Maldives
Mohamed Moussa Ibrahim Balala, Minister of Habitat, Urban Planning and Environment, Djibouti
Wylbur C. Simuusa, Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Zambia, reads the Ministerial Statement.



Afternoon Session
Kei Ohno Woodall and Alain Wittig, Joint Secretariat
Moleboheng Petlane, Lesotho
Magdalena Mtenga and Rogathe Kisanga, Tanzania
Luca Arnold, Switzerland
Victor Alegria and Aldo Cansino, Belize
Deirdre Mahony, EU, during corridor discussions.
Andrew McNee, Australia, and a delegate from China.
A delegate from the EU and Hugo Rodriguez Nicolat, Mexico, have a hushed conversation.
Andrzej Jagusiewicz, Poland, was elected President of BC COP12.
Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan, was elected President of RC COP7.
Johanna Lissinger Peitz, Sweden, was elected President of SC COP7.
Presidents of the COPs confer with members of the Joint Secretariat.
Jim Willis, Executive Secretary of the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions, speaks with Gregor Filyk and Virginia Poter, Canada.
Franz Perrez (Switzerland), Basel Convention COP11 President, speaks with delegates.
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Delegates debate the future of simultaneous SC, BC and RC COPs.
David Ogden, Joint Secretariat, finds a quiet moment.
Franz Perrez (Switzerland), Basel Convention COP11 President, gavels BC COP11 and the ExCOPs to a close at 11:58 pm.
The presidents of the COPs applaud the closing of the meeting.
Jim Willis, Executive Secretary of the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions, receives a giant Swiss cowbell as a gift.

Around the Venue
An anonymous delegate's briefcase, filled with souvenir chocolate.
Delegates from Malaysia.
Organizing the country name placards for parties before the meeting.
Press conference by civil society groups on the state of the Rotterdam Convention.
Plenary from above.
Hardworking interpreters.
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Related Links
Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions resources

*Meetings website

*Meetings documents

*Side Events

*Exhibitions

*Briefings

*Background to the organization of 2013 COPs and ExCOPs

*ExCOPs-1, 22-24 February 2010, Bali, Indonesia


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Eighth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-8) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), 15-19 October 2012, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Eighth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC 8) of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure (PIC) for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, 19-23 March 2012, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of BC COP-10, 17-21 October 2011, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

*IISD RS coverage of RC COP-5, 20-24 June 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of POPRC-7, 10-14 October 2011, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of SC COP-5, 25-29 April 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of POPRC-6, 11-15 October 2010, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of ExCOPs-1, and Eleventh Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-11/GMEF), 22-26 February 2010, Bali, Indonesia

*IISD RS Briefing Note of the POPRC-5, 12-16 October 2009, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of SC COP4, 4-8 May 2009, Geneva, Switzerland

*IISD RS coverage of RC COP-4, 27-31 October 2008, Rome, Italy

*IISD RS coverage of BC COP-9, 23-27 June 2008, Bali, Indonesia

*IISD RS coverage of BC COP-8, 27 November - 1 December 2006, Nairobi, Kenya

*IISD RS archive of meetings on chemicals management

*Chemicals-L - A news and announcement list on chemicals and wastes news and policy developments

*Chemicals and Wastes Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Addressing Chemicals and Wastes Policy

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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